2019 Holiday Gift Guide

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2019 Holiday Gift Guide

  Welcome to our 2019 Holiday Gift Guide! We’re rounding up the best of the best gifts and some items you may not have thought of yet! There’s plenty of time to check out all of the items on this list and grab some for your friends and family. It makes holiday shopping a breeze when you can get it all done online.  

 

Home Decor Gifts

Holiday Gift Guide: Gerrard's Candles Gerrards Coffee Shop Candles

Gerrard’s Coffee Shop Candles

My house smells like a candy shop and I love it! I’m burning my new Gerrard’s Coffee Shop Candle in their delicious Cocoa Fudge scent. It’s available in coffee, cocoa, and tea scents.

All coffee mug candles come in a gift-ready box ready for a great house-warming or hostess gift this holiday season.

Check out these great scents on Amazon (free shipping with Prime): Vanilla Bean, Hazelnut Drip Coffee, Loose Leaf Herbal Tea, Organic Chamomile Tea, Spiced Chai Tea Latte.   

Health and Beauty Gifts

Block Island Organics

I’ve been using Block Island Organics Organic Purifying Facial Cleanser and the Organic Revitalizing Night Cream for the past 3 weeks and I’ve noticed a difference in my skin texture.

As I’ve gotten older, there has been an increase in fine lines, laugh lines, and forehead creases – not that I’m keeping track or anything.  What I’ve noticed when using the Block Island Organics products is they are light and creamy and have no scent.

They make my skin feel smoother and softer. If you know anyone who uses non-toxic suncare and skincare products, these are a must-try.   

Panic Aide

This little bottle is a lifesaver. Panic Aide is something that we’ve tried here at home and can actually say that it works.

It’s a 2oz quick drink with natural ingredients (including GABA, Lavender, Chamomile, and others). It takes about 15 minutes to kick in but once it does all that anxiety you’ve been holding on to seems to dissipate. Life becomes just a little more manageable at that moment.

My husband says it like this pressure that has been building up just melts away. We’ve used just half the bottle at a time instead of the full 2oz. and that amount works well for us. It is drug-free, with no sugar, vegan and only 5 calories. 

The company also sells Anxiety Aide and a PM version on their website. Alternately, this item is also available on Amazon.   

BEL ESSENCE Nutrition for the skin

I’ve talked before about how my skin has changed as I’ve moved into my (*cough*) mid-forties and with my weight loss on keto. Nothing more than loose skin in my neck, but it was bothering me. Hence, the need for the anti-wrinkle cream and neck cream from BEL ESSENCE. I’ve been faithfully using the cream and the Skin Firming Eye Serum for the past few weeks and I have noticed that the skin on my face is softer, and my neck is firmer. 

The anti-wrinkle cream and neck cream uses nine natural oils containing important vitamins, fatty acids and antioxidants to help your skin fight environmental damage and reduce wrinkles for an anti-aging day cream (and night cream!) that works. 

Their skin-firming eye serum is something that I use nightly, before bed and I’ve noticed that I haven’t been waking up to puffy eyes. That’s an improvement because here in Florida my allergies are bad and that leads to puffy eyes. I’m a fan of anything that can help. The fact that it helps with those fine lines is a good thing, too.   

 

Food and Drink Gifts

Gourmet Salt Collection Gift Tropical Hibiscus Salt

The Spice Lab

The Gourmet Salt Collection from The Spice Lab has eleven of the best tasting and hard to find salts in the world. It’s absolutely a must for any gourmet or at-home cook.

My daughter loves to cook with me and has had a fun time experimenting with the different flavored salts.  I’m a fan of the Applewood Smoked and her favorite so far is Himilayan Crystal Pink Salt. I would say the most unique flavor I’ve tried is the Tropical Hibiscus.

This collection is for anyone who loves to try new foods and likes to experiment with flavor. The salt comes in Pyrex test tubes with all-natural cork stoppers and contains between 0.7 to 1.3 oz of salt depending on the density of the salt. The test tubes sit in a wooden base that fits in nicely with kitchen decor.   

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Free Your Tea

A nice relaxing moment with a cup of tea and a good book. That’s my happy place. Free Your Tea is a personalized tea subscription service that tailors your tea to your likes. Simply start with a 6-tea sampler and then rate your teas on their website as you drink them to tailor them to your tastes. That way they know which ones you liked and can send you those or different ones in the next order. 

When I ordered mine, I took a survey about what kind of tea I liked versus teas that I avoided so that they could get a baseline for my preferences. They also have caffeine-free options if you’re like me and prefer those. 

My first package included these six teas: Holy Basil Mint, Yuzu Rooibos, Ginger Mint Lemon, Honey Bush, Green Rooibos, and Minty Chamomile.

Instructions are included on each package of loose-leaf tea for convenience and I used a metal tea ball to steep my drinks. The Holy Basil Mint is sweet and light and perfect for an afternoon pick-me-up. Yuzu Rooibos smells of oranges while steeping and tastes fruity and floral. Honey Bush has a floral scent and tastes delicious, while Ginger Mint Lemon is light and refreshing. It’s fun to try all these new flavors and I’m looking forward to seeing what I get in the next package

Kitchen Gifts

NoBox – Live Outside the Box

I am not a professional chef but I enjoy cooking and spend a lot of my time in the kitchen. Let me tell you about a knife that is changing the way I prep food. It’s changing the way I prep because it makes prep so much easier! 

This beautiful all-purpose chef knife has an ergonomic, 4-inch rosewood handle and an 8-inch full-tang stainless steel blade. It is the sharpest kitchen knife that I’ve personally ever used. I easily sliced through this spaghetti squash with this knife and I’ve also used it to slice tomatoes, cucumbers, and apples. 

I’m able to simplify my kitchen because of the NoBox chef knife. It is like having multiple kitchen knives in one sturdy versatile knife. It carves, slices, chops, fillets, and cuts. The handle is weighted and balanced for comfort. I can attest to the fact that is is easy to use and the blade does all the work for me. 

Also available for purchase on Amazon Prime

 

Gifts That Help The Environment

nOcean Straw: Family Love and Other Stuff's 2019 Gift Guide

nOcean 

This may look like a cute bracelet, but it’s actually what nOcean calls a strawlete. nOcean is a reusable straw that is also a stylish bracelet and half of all proceeds go towards cleaning the Ocean of plastic and other debris.

This is the blue and it’s super cute but I love, love, love that I can use it as a reusable straw when I’m out and about.  The straw is made from medical grade silicone and surgical steel it is both beautiful and made to last. It easily comes apart for drinking with and includes a cleaner and cover to keep it ready for use.

The idea behind nOcean was to prevent single-use plastics and clean the ocean so 50% of net profits go to ocean clean up efforts.

I chose the blue and silver strawlete because I wear white gold and silver so it matches my style. These straws come in three colors (additional colors are Rose and Gold and Black and Gold).   

 

Holiday Gift Guide: Lunchbox Packs

Holiday Gift Guide: Lunchbox Packs

Holiday Gift Guide: Lunchbox Packs

Lunchbox

No more disposable plastics for us. Our family has stopped using plastic straws and are trying to reduce our dependency on disposable plastics. When it comes to hiking, for us, we’ve started using the hydration pack. 

My new favorite hiking staple is this Hydration Backpack from Lunchbox. You can even make it even more personalized for your adventure with additional skins and lightshow wires. The interchangeable skin designs feature artwork by community festival artists, festival brands, and record labels. This hydration pack would be the perfect accessory for outdoor festivals and theme park visits, too!

What makes Lunchbox packs unique? 

Anti-theft features

  • The Inverted Zipper Design means when your lunchbox is on, no one can unzip your bag without touching your back and alerting you.
  • Ballistic Nylon Materials protect your valuables from some of the more aggressive pickpocketing techniques.
  • Protective Zipper Clips. The Lunchbox has one external zipper — to get into the juicebox bladder. To protect this pocket, they’ve added a clip to the zipper for additional security.
  • Frontal Phone Pouch to keep your phone secure and accessible at all times.

In addition to these great features, it’s comfortable and easy to use. There is a cover on the mouthpiece to keep it clean of dust and the elements. I think the best part of the pack is that it is customizable and easily usable. Everything you need in one backpack and you can keep your hands free to do other things without worry. 

Hello Tushy

Hello Tushy Bidet

TUSHY Bidet

I don’t tend to think about how much toilet paper we (as a whole) use on a daily, weekly, or yearly basis. I can only assume that it’s more than I can even imagine. Just think of what would happen if we could reduce the amount of toilet paper used just by using a bidet instead. 

TUSHY shares some of the best reasons to try a bidet in addition to environmental reasons, on their blog. Included in their list are benefits for men, women, children, and seniors. 

The TUSHY Classic is their most popular option, comes with a 60-day risk-free guarantee, and free shipping. 

 

Clothing Gifts

Bleuet Girl Box Bleuet Girl Note

Bleuet

Bleuet surprised me by going the extra mile when sending their package so you can read more about them on my post here along with pictures of my daughter opening the box.

My daughter wears their lilac/coral colored camisole in a 7/8. They do have a fit guide on the site that is easy to use so that you get the perfect fit. Bleuet believes in designing age-appropriate undergarments that give your young girl the confidence in her body and its changes as she goes about her daily routine. 

This is a company that I highly recommend for age-appropriate undergarments and their level of outstanding customer service. Bleuet bras, racerbacks, and camisoles are designed to give her comfort and confidence.

Shop now.  

 

Jewelry Gifts

Luc and Bell Children's Bracelets

Luc and Bell Children's Bracelets

Luc and Bell Bracelets

Luc & Bell

These handmade children’s bracelets from Luc & Bell are made with love and each bead has a meaning. Well-crafted and wrapped in gift bags, they make beautiful gifts this holiday season. My daughter fell in love with the wolf bead bracelet stack and has not wanted to take it off at all. It’s totally her style and it makes her feel strong. 

Some of the beads they use offer unique symbolism:

The silver heart – because you’re loved and in turn, you share your love

An animal bead – we specifically focus on animals with strong bonds to signify we are all a part of a bigger picture, stronger together.

Red bead – symbolizing strength and protection

A portion of each bracelet sold by Luc & Bell is donated to help children in need. This is such a beautifully unique company and they share such a positive message that I know children everywhere will fall in love with their jewelry. 

Take a peek at some of our favorite items:

Double Wrap Ladybug Bracelet | Double Wrap Cat Bracelet | Double Wrap Penguin Bracelet

 

Holiday Gift Guide: Rogers & Hollands Bangle

Holiday Gift Guide: Rogers & Hollands Bangle

Holiday Gift Guide: Rogers & Hollands Pearl Necklace

Holiday Gift Guide: Rogers & Hollands Pearl Necklace

Rogers & Hollands

With both jewelry selections for children and adults, Rogers & Hollands is the perfect online shop to select the right gifts for everyone on your list. The adjustable Heart March Birthstone Crystal Tween Charm Bangle Bracelet has the perfect amount of sparkle for my daughter. Plus 25Β’ of each charm bangle bracelet is donated to Generation Rescue, a national organization committed to improving the quality of life for those affected with autism.

I fell in love with the Oval Grey, Blue & Teal Freshwater Pearl necklace because I can dress it up or down. On an 18″ chain, it fits perfectly on my neck and can wear with a dress or a sweater and jeans. It is totally my style and there are tons of options available to choose from on their website should I decide I need more jewelry before the holidays. 

 

Books to Gift

DC Comics Books

DC Comics Books

DC Comics Books

DC Comics Super Hero Books

It’s no secret that my kids devour books on a daily basis. Any book they can get their hands on is free-game. Add superheroes to the books and you have a home run. That’s where the latest DC Comics Super Hero books come in to play. They make the perfect books for our gift guide. 

  • DC SUPER HERO GIRLS: AT METROPOLIS HIGH

A new era of DC Super Hero Girls begins in DC SUPER HERO GIRLS: AT METROPOLIS HIGH! When Batgirl, Wonder Woman, Supergirl, Green Lantern, Bumblebee, and Zatanna are continually late to class because of their crime-fighting, they are sentenced to finding an after-school club for a whole week … or else they’ll be suspended!

But finding a club is not as easy as it looks, and when the girls keep finding themselves kicked out of the clubs they like, they must think outside of the box and go outside their comfort zones to avoid suspension. Just when they thought secret identities and balancing school with super-heroics had enough challenges!

DC SUPER HERO GIRLS: AT METROPOLIS HIGH continues to develop the relationships forged throughout the beloved DC Super Hero Girls series. This story is perfect for ages 6-10 and a great entry point into the DC Universe and graphic novels.

  • DEAR JUSTICE LEAGUE 

The greatest heroes in the DC Comics universe, the Justice League, answer mail from their biggest fans–kids!–courtesy of Michael Northrop, New York Times best-selling author of TombQuest, and artist Gustavo Duarte.

Does Superman ever make mistakes? What was Wonder Woman’s eleventh birthday like? Does Aquaman smell like fish? In this new middle-grade graphic novel, iconic heroes are asked questions both big and small, and when they are not busy saving the world, the Justice League even finds time to respond. Their honest and humorous answers will surprise and delight readers of any age, as it turns out that being a superhero is not too different from being a kid. 

Full of feats, follies, and colorful illustrations, DEAR JUSTICE LEAGUE gives readers the inside scoop into everyday heroics, no matter who wears the cape!

  • THE SECRET SPIRAL OF SWAMP KID

Warning! Unless you have express permission from young Russell Weinwright to access his personal journal, do not read any further. This blurb is strictly off-limits! Seriously, we mean it.

Okay, if you are still with us, here is what we can share: Russell is a middle schooler; he excessively doodles in his spiral notebook; he has two best friends, Charlotte and Preston; he is not-so-great at sports; and he is pond scum. Nicknamed “Swamp Kid” by his classmates, Russell has algae for hair, a tree trunk of a right arm, webbed toes, and a parsnip for a thumb. Also, Russell’s favorite meal is sunlight. Also, a frog lives in his arm. 

In this notebook, Russell details, in both hilarious text and green-tinted illustrations (complete with ketchup stains!), what it’s like to be different, to be comfortable in his own skin (no matter how slimy), to discover his true talents, to avoid the intense stare of Mr. Finneca (his suspicious science teacher), and to find humor in the everyday weird. 

This is THE SECRET SPIRAL OF SWAMP KID by writer and illustrator Kirk Scroggs, and you’ll never look at the bayou the same way again.

Although my kids look serious while reading these middle-grade titles, they giggled at the plot lines and were laughing by the time they were done reading the books. Now, they have other DC Comics Super Hero books on their wish lists. 

 

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